What is the low FODMAP diet?

FODMAPS stands for… Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols*

The low FODMAP diet is a type of elimination diet that reduces groups of sugars which trigger IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms including gas, bloating, abdominal pain and loose stools.

The diet was developed by Monash University in Melbourne to help patients manage these symptoms. In the UK, Kings College London are leading the research and training.

Studies show the low FODMAP diet is very effective for people with IBS, providing relief from symptoms in around 75% of people who try it.

Emerging research suggests the low FODMAP diet may also be helpful for patients with conditions such as Crohn’s, who have no active disease but still suffer with symptoms such as gas, bloating and pain. Some individuals with Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (EDS) have also reported success with the diet.

*The name ‘FODMAP’ is an easier way of describing the sugars that the diet eliminates. To find out more, click here.